Natural tourism: Russia vs America

“Living is not necessary. Traveling is a must, ”said American writer William Burrows. By this he expressed the main passion of his countrymen, adventurers and adventurers. And in ancient times, and now Americans do not think of their life without traveling. Suffice it to recall their films, the plot of which is usually twisted around some kind of “expedition”, be it a trip to a nearby store or an extreme trip to the ends of the earth. But usually Americans travel with their whole family and love to discover the beauty of their own country, for example, they visit national parks, of which there are about 50 in the US. In this regard, they are very similar to Russians with our traditional hikes, tents, chit-chatting, canoeing or mountain climbing. .

So, let's compare - the best natural sights with them and with us.

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See the waterfall

They: Niagara

Speaking of waterfalls, you can not ignore the most famous of them - the legendary Niagara.It is easy to get here from New York, and do not believe those who argue that it’s better to admire the waterfall from the Canadian side. After all, only in the American half there is an opportunity to go down the wooden walkways to the “Hurricane” site and, imitating pilgrims, wash in jets of a majestic waterfall.

We: Kivach

There is a waterfall in Russia, comparable in its beauty to Niagara, - his name is Kivach. Located in the central part of Karelia, Kivach is the second largest after the Rhineland waterfall in Europe. The natural reserve of the same name is spread around it. The waterfall, sung by Gabriel Derzhavin, was a favorite place of the Russian princes, and they can be understood - in addition to purely aesthetic pleasure from the contemplation of the water power from visiting these places, you can get practical benefits. Not far from the waterfall is the resort "Marcial Waters", founded by Peter I on the basis of iron mineral springs. Contemplation of water heals the soul, and competent use of its healing properties - the body.

Tickle your nerves

They have: swamps with alligators

The Everglades Nature Reserve is another place created specifically toto harmonize the historical life of the Indians in the modern reality. From living creatures here lives a huge number of alligators, rare reptiles and birds. The park occupies almost the entire south of the Florida peninsula and includes part of the adjacent water area from the coast to the Florida Keys. The Everglades is a huge swamp, and, in order to see all its inhabitants, it is necessary to take an exciting walk on a hovercraft, which in itself is a fascinating attraction. If someone for some reason does not like living alligators, then you can always buy them stuffed or a small ashtray decorated with reptile skin.

We have: caves with spirits

Sayan - a system of man-made caves, which were once the quarry. This is one of the largest vintage systems in Russia. In the Sayan Mountains Aristarkh “lives” - the spirit of the caves and the local deity to whom gifts are brought. Travelers walk around the quarries all day long, and when they meet, as a greeting, they say to each other only “good!”, Without specifying the time of day. Particularly impressive is the visit to the Milky Way, a grotto, iridescent with thousands of sparkles.And for lovers of thrills, Schuchka is recommended - a narrow and long manhole in which it is really very scary to get stuck.

Enjoy scenic views

They: Hudson

In the Adirondack Mountains, the majestic Hudson River originates, the picturesque valley of which inspired many American writers. This place and the heart of one of the American presidents conquered — Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt loved their summer “White House” so much that they bequeathed to bury them right there in the valley.

We have: Dombai

If the Americans have the Hudson River Valley, then the Russians are lucky with Dombai - a picturesque valley framed by mountains. It is not only the famous ski resort of the North Caucasus, but also an open-air museum of nature with a unique flora and fauna. Here are the oldest Russian temples and the Ulu-Murudzhu river flows with clear and crystalline water, which, as they say, clears the head and drives the thoughts in the right direction.

Be surprised

They: Indians and Olympics

A favorite vacation spot for New York residents tired of the noisy megalopolis is the village of Lake Placid, the capital of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.The lake of the same name, as well as Lake George Lake, is located in the Adirondack National Park. His idea of ​​this place, as well as other reserves of the United States are obliged to American artist George Catlin, who invented the creation of special protected areas to protect the Indians and their habitat. Adirondack Park, nicknamed for its beauty by American Switzerland, is an amazing place. There is an old fort, which appeared in the novel The Last of the Mohicans, gorges, waterfalls and, of course, the most immense Lake Champlain. There are also man-made wonders - numerous Olympic venues that are still used for many sporting events, including the legendary Ironman (Iron Man) triathlon tournament, loved by the public and journalists.

We have: Ermak and mammoth

The nature reserve "Stolby", located on the northwestern spurs of the Eastern Sayans, has been attracting travelers for 200 years. Each pillar here has its name - the Chinese Wall, Ermak, there is a whole “family” of rocks: Grandfather, Grandson, Grandma, Granddaughter. The most difficult and inaccessible rocks also have the appropriate names: Savage, Fortress, Vultures, Disorders ...

There is in Russia and Kungur ice cave - one of the most popular attractions of Siberia and the Urals. According to an ancient tale, the cave was dug by a giant elephant (perhaps a mammoth is meant). The cave began to be explored by decree of Peter I, and it owes its fame to the researcher and enthusiast Khlebnikov, who at the beginning of the XX century with the consent of local peasants settled at the entrance, distributed advertising albums, posters and guided tours. There are about 60 grottos in the cave with different names: Diamond, Giant, Dante's grotto. The cave of the invisible lake, the waters of which are connected to the waters of the Sylva river, give special beauty.

Make a photo of animals

They have: lions and giraffes

In the same place, not far from the Everglades, there is another unique park - the Lion Safari, which has been around for almost half a century. Here excursions take place in cars, with special, protected and completely safe for tourists. Elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, monkeys were at one time brought here from different corners of the globe.

We have: Manchins and Yaks

Of course, the probability of meeting a giraffe walking around the Russian taiga is very, very small, but here boars, red deer, wild goats, and yaks are freely walking, and many birds are flying around them. Go to the photo safari can, for example, in Irkutsk.Those who are well behaved are treated to omul soup.

As we see, there are beautiful and suitable places for active recreation everywhere - both in Russia and in America. Where is more interesting and what is closer to him, of course, the tourist himself decides, the main thing is to continue the journey.

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